Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig has covered college or pro football for 27 of his 31 years as a sports writer at the Canton (Ohio) Repository (1987-99) and Star Tribune. He is in his 24th season of covering the NFL. He is one of the 48 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."


Draft preview: Depth of linebacker class could lead Vikings to pick one

Since Rick Spielman joined the Vikings in 2007, they have drafted at least one linebacker every year except 2008. That's 16 in 14 drafts.


Draft preview: Another Alabama-Clemson running back battle; Vikings need is low

Given the plentiful supply of NFL-caliber depth at the position, the Vikings can turn to college free agency as a way to add a running back.


Former Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson joins the Eagles

The free agent agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal in Philadelphia, where he will again be teammates with safety Anthony Harris


First, rodeo, then football for new Vikings linebacker Nick Vigil

Vigil was 10 years old when his mother determined that a career in football was a safer option for her rodeo-loving sons.


Vikings cornerback Gladney accused of assaulting woman in Texas

A Dallas TV reported that the woman said Jeff Gladney struck her "with closed fists, causing pain in the side of her ribs, in the stomach and the back, and hitting her with an open hand across the head."


Rejuvenated by new defensive talent, Zimmer looking ahead to changes

The Vikings have signed six free agents, all defenders, and head coach Mike Zimmer is ready to make some schematic changes for the 2021 season.


Zimmer isn't concerned about Hunter's injury or contract

In his first news conference since January, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer also expressed support for the offensive line and new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak


Keenan McCardell was one of the last of the original Browns

The new Vikings receivers coach still vividly remembered the team's final days in Cleveland before it left to become the Baltimore Ravens.


Vikings receivers coach McCardell knows all about perseverance

On the NFL: A no-quit mentality kept driving Keenan McCardell as a player, and now as a coach.


Offseason approaches of Vikings' NFC North brethren run the gamut

On the NFL: They're aggressive in Detroit, quiet in Green Bay, maybe a little lost in Chicago.